The Library at The Public

The Library at The Public

Cocktail Bar, American Restaurant, and Restaurant
425 Lafayette St (at Astor Pl), New York, NY 10003, United States
Hours:
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:30 PM–2:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Drinks:
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Wi-Fi:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.7/10

Based on 133 votes

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  • burgers
  • dandy riot
  • pickle plate
  • cocktails
  • french fries
  • shrimp tacos
  • rigatoni
  • good for dates
  • brisket
  • live jazz
  • hidden gem
  • fancy
  • good for groups
  • comfortable
  • hot toddies
  • pierogies
  • pulled pork sandwich
  • steak
  • romantic
  • sliders
  • Michelle L.

    I only got drinks. Based on the reviews I was expecting tasty, multi dimensional cocktails but instead I found pretentious drinks with very few understandable ingredients.

    Michelle Lu · March 4
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  • Dustin L.

    Take a date. Great food, great service, great ambiance.

    Dustin Lee · March 2
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  • Kimmie O.

    You should order the veal Bolognese rigatoni

    Kimmie Ohh · February 22
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  • Meredith B.

    Hidden gem! Delicious burger. Great cocktails

    Meredith Blechman · January 18
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  • Jon K.

    A lovely little spot, above Joe's pub. There's always something interesting on the menu.

    Jon Kaczynski · January 18
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  • Talia F.

    Get the farmers cheese and sesame crackers and French fries for bar snacks. The Shrubs are super drinkable but I also really like the drink with the egg white.

    Talia Fisher · November 22, 2014
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  • Cecilia S.

    Cheeseburger + Manhattan = yummy

    Cecilia Sun · November 6, 2014
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  • Siovonne

    Great place for cocktails. Food was great, and the design of dining in a library is even better.

    Siovonne · August 26, 2014
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  • amNewYork

    Ingredients: Brisket blend patty, bacon, caramelized onions, cheddarTo know: This burger was named after Joe Papp, the founder of The Public Theater. Read more

    amNewYork · August 4, 2014
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  • Jany X.

    Such good drinks. Dandy Riot. Honey Pot. Need to eat here properly. Would skip the apps - truffle fries are decent. The brandies cherries are delicious just by themselves.

    Jany Xu · February 3, 2014
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  • Adrienne C.

    Skip the burger, go for the more special dishes like the cauliflower casoulet or the potato & pumpkin pierogis. That's where they really shine.

    Adrienne Cooper · December 6, 2013
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  • Kevin L.

    Awesome bar and great burger!

    Kevin Lambert · November 7, 2013
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  • Jay M.

    The pickle plate had a surrise in every bite. Each vegetable was pickled in a different brine. It included egg, cauliflower, carrots, beats and many other fresh pickled vegetables.

    Jay Mandel · October 20, 2013
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  • Maria E.

    beautiful place to get a drink, elegant decoration

    Maria Elosua · September 17, 2013
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  • Suri R.

    Comfiest bar stools in the game!

    Suri R · September 13, 2013
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  • ShoshanA

    Great eggplant burger!

    ShoshanA · August 14, 2013
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  • Felix P.

    Awesome cocktails and French fries, plus it rarely gets crowded.

    Felix Pomerantz · July 19, 2013
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  • Josephine S.

    Great spot to take a date. Good drinks and upscale bar food. Shrimp tacos are the bomb. Pulled pork sandwich and fries are also great.

    Josephine Son · May 29, 2013
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  • Lissa G.

    Wonderful comfort food menu...

    Lissa Goldsmith · May 5, 2013
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  • Sally Y.

    joe's burger

    Sally Yoon · April 16, 2013
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  • Edmund

    Makes ya say yum

    Edmund · April 5, 2013
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  • Francesca T.

    The ambiance is amazing. Get the burger! Steak menu on Mondays and live jazz music! Service was also incredible.

    Francesca T · March 12, 2013
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  • Serious Eats

    Solid menu of American classics and excellent cocktails; a great bet for a pre- or post-show meal.

    Serious Eats · March 11, 2013
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  • Matt H.

    The Capitulation is like a floral gin martini.

    Matt Hantz · February 9, 2013
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  • Mike S.

    Joe's Burger: a blend of brisket and chuck, topped with bacon, cheddar, and caramelized onions.

    Mike Strocko · January 29, 2013
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  • Simran J.

    lovely place to converse with a friend. comfortable. rigatoni and hot toddy's were solid, but not spectacular.

    Simran Jaising · January 27, 2013
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  • The Wall Street Journal

    Options include the pickle plate and marinated olives, as well as peekytoe crab rolls, which are more like sliders, and ruby red shrimp tacos. Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · January 24, 2013
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  • Ellen M.

    Nice cocktails--enjoyed the Dandy Riot. Prices on par with other upscale cocktail bars in the neighborhood.

    Ellen Manuszak · January 24, 2013
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  • Cara A.

    New year price fixed meal- same price as a two star Michelin and not as good as a one star. Totally overrated. Regretting my nye meal here

    Cara Araneta · January 1, 2013
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  • Maxwell Z.

    When you enter the lobby of The Public Theater, hang a left and go up the stairs. At the end of the staircase you'll find this hidden Andrew Carmellini restaurant.

    Maxwell Z · October 21, 2012
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  • Nina Y.

    Awesome new place in The Public Theater.

    Nina Yiamsamatha · October 20, 2012
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